Catch us at the BSB and Scottish Bakers conferences

You can catch our managing director Jane Tyler on vice chair duties at the British Society of Baking’s Spring Conference on April 26. The event will be hosted at food research giant Campden BRI at its Gloucestershire headquarters. Bringing together a stellar set of speakers from across the industry, the conference’s theme is “Health, innovation … [Read more...]

Report: waste reduction delivers fivefold return

A new report says that food retailers get back at least £5 for every £1 they invest in waste reduction. The report, entitled “The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste” was commissioned by Champions 12.3, a pressure group launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos last year. The report’s headline finding was that for every £1 … [Read more...]

How bakers lose out with standing orders

Standing orders can be replaced by a far more profitable approach, says Rob McIlroy. Standing orders are the repeat orders that are automatically sent to a customer. They save bakers the trouble of entering orders for customers who take similar orders every time. Effectively, they are a rubber-stamping exercise to save both the baker and the … [Read more...]

Jane Tyler talks about waste reduction at Campden BRI MIG

RedBlack Software managing director Jane Tyler is to appear at Campden BRI’s Food Service Member Interest Group (MIG) in London on January 26. Jane, who is also the vice chairman of the British Society of Baking, is to present a session entitled “The power of prediction: how to use enhanced forecasting technology to cut waste and increase … [Read more...]

How in-store bakery waste reduction can be an easy win for supermarkets

Martin Coyle explains that cutting bakery waste by at least 20% is relatively straightforward. Britain’s supermarket chains have made huge strides in recent years when it comes to minimising waste. Just about everything is now recycled. Edible products are increasingly likely to go to food banks rather than landfill. Food waste is also put to … [Read more...]

Time for an upgrade: why dated ERP systems could be costing you more than you think

John Prendergast explains why bakeries struggle with old software and how they can approach modernisation. Last week, one of our directors at RedBlack Software, Martin Coyle, wrote a piece on some of the problems we see with older ERP systems. He explained that many of the bakeries that had contacted us recently last upgraded their business … [Read more...]

Major Welsh brand and Scottish artisan choose Cybake; Yorkshire wholesaler installs Infood

Pembrokeshire’s Tan y Castell and Edinburgh’s Bakery Adante have chosen Cybake bakery management systems and Wakefield’s CFC Food Partners has installed our FIR compliance solution, Infood. Tan y Castell is one of Welsh bakery’s most instantly recognisable brands. The firm is the brainchild of owner Paul Mear who started off producing Welshcakes … [Read more...]

Time for a 21st century upgrade?

Martin Coyle explains why so many bakers are still trading like it’s 1999. In recent weeks, we’ve had a flurry of calls about computer systems that are a bit, well, creaky, to say the least. Business software, and particularly bakery-specific software, that once did an adequate job now seems clunky, restrictive and even error-prone to its … [Read more...]

Award-winning Cybakers raised the bar in 2016

Users of our systems won a huge haul of trophies this year, writes John Prendergast. It’s not exactly controversial to say that 2016 has been a turbulent year for many of us. From political shocks around the world, to the tragic deaths of many beloved celebrities, to the traumatic loss of about 30% of our Toblerone, this year has been steeped in … [Read more...]